Dogs are great, they can do all sorts of fun things like fetch and roll over and shake hands – but what about flying planes? How great at aviation do you suppose they are? Dogs Might Fly, a new reality show from the UK, plans to find out.
Each hour-long episode of the reality show will feature a team of experts making a serious effort at creating puppy pilots.
Twelve dogs were chosen dogs among the 100,000-plus strays that were picked up by UK councils, and were put through an intensive 10-week training session at a secluded mansion in the Sussex countryside. During the training period, animal behavior experts used various tests to assess the dogs’ memory, reasoning ability, communication, and empathy.
Whether you already have experience of dog ownership, are a new dog owner or are about to be a dog owner, then training your dog is one of the most important aspects you need to consider. Likewise if you currently have a dog with behaviour problems, then dog training is essential. Spectrum Canine offered by the a dog obedience trainer.
However, knowing you need to train your dog and actually training your dog are two entirely different things. Just where do you start? To successfully train your dog, you need to consider and understand some key facets of dog behaviour. Knowing and understanding these 5 facets will greatly improve your dog training.
As sociable animals dogs thrive on the interaction with other dogs. A dog does not consider you as a human but rather a funny looking dog. Therefore, dogs thrive on the interaction with you. Just like a wild wolf, rejected by the pack, if you starve a dog of this interaction, they will become unhappy and very agitated.
When it comes to training, you can use this to reward or punish your dog. Interacting with your dog (e.g. patting, encouraging/excited talk, etc) can be as much of a reward as treats of food. Similarly, ignoring your dog (e.g. turning your back, stern talk, putting them in another room, etc) can be a harsh punishment for a dog. Its definitely better than smacking them. As with all animals (including humans), dogs thrive on routine. If they know what and when they are likely to be doing certain things, then they are relaxed and comfortable. They know what to expect and are not confused by ever changing circumstances.
Post training, the best were selected to attend flight school, which will form the basis of the show. During this period, experts will test the dogs for their response to stimuli and try to acclimatise them to high altitudes. The canines will be sent to the top of a landmark in London in a high-rise lift to test their head for heights. They will also be taken for a spin around the Thames on a speedboat to find out their appetite for adventure. Towards the final episode, the best performing dog will be chosen to actually take control of a single-engine aircraft.
“What can be accomplished is pretty mindblowing,” added Victoria Stilwell, one of the eight dog trainers on the show. “I think you’re going to smile a lot… It’s just a feelgood show.” And here’s the best part – when the series concludes, each of the 12 rescued dogs will be found a new home.
Yeah, this will work. I would definitely trust a dog to pilot my next cross-country flight and not, you know, get bored and lick its balls for three hours. (via Oddity Central)